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Book Review: Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan


Nora’s life is about to get a rewrite…

Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.

Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, Nora Goes Off Script is the best kind of love story–the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. For Nora and Leo, this kind of love is bigger than the big screen.


First, what is with the purposely incorrect emphasis on words? Such as “sur-prised”? At first I thought this was for emphasis but then it just started happening in random places throughout the novel.

Nora writes movie scripts for the tacky romance channel. It’s like the Christmas movies the ones with the same annoying plot that play over and over again. So this movie she wrote is based on her husband leaving her and she had no reaction at all as she found them drifting apart.

Why would you be with a man who is a LEECH? Living off his wife’s income and then divorcing and doesn’t want to see his own children. Why would you be with a man that complains about his children having extra circular activities? Especially when it’s with your money that you earned? And paying for his luxury lifestyle? Literally you’d have to be an idiot or a mug that was just desperate to hold onto anything that breathed. And then to have no reaction when you broke up.

Is Nora even human? Does she have any emotions?

The emphasis thing got very annoying. I mean writing “Manhat-tan” do you have a pronouncation error? As this is not mentioned in her character at all which makes for poor reading.

Anyway, Leo a film star lives with her for a week because that is SO realistic. Right after they finished filming in her house.

Also, another unrealistic point is that if you’re making a film and using only one location to film the entire thing, and the novel did state that these films are two hour films – you cannot possibly make a decent film within less than 7 days. It takes over 12 hours to make only a few scenes for a decent film I should know, doing acting and everything. Also, this novel claims to be ‘real love’ hardly real and not very realistic which is a fact.

This novel was very unrealistic and too fairy tale like with a non-emotional main character who loved to judge people and with the emphasis on the writing it was a bit meh for me. Considering my knowledge and my need for good grammar written novels, this was not my cup of tea despite the plot seeming interesting at first glance.

The publishers have sent me this novel in exchange for my honest review.

1/5 Stars

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